During the holiday season it’s tempting to skip a meal when you have dinner plans for the evening – anticipating a larger influx of calories. And often we try to save some time out of our busy holiday schedules by eating meals or snacks while watching television, working on the computer, or reading. Are you like me – guilty of eating this way once in awhile? If so, take a look at these tips for healthy holiday eating:
Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can actually backfire on you. We skip a meal thinking we’ll save some calories now since there will be more to eat later. But when we finally sit down to eat, we find we are even hungrier and tend to overeat more than if we had gone ahead and eaten the first meal. Plus, our bodies need fuel throughout the day. We’ll feel better and stay healthier if we have a good routine of eating regular, healthy meals and snacks.
Practice intentional eating. Have you ever sat down to eat a sandwich while you’re working or watching television, only to find 20 minutes later that your sandwich is gone, but you really don’t remember eating it, and you’re still hungry too? As a result you go back for something more and then eat more than your body needs. That’s what can happen when we eat mindlessly – not paying attention to the food we’re consuming. When you eat, just eat. Don’t watch TV, read a book, or be in front of a computer. Just eat. That way your focus is on eating and you’re more likely to stop when you’re full.